Well said. It really comes down to a price point. The ash does not bother me or my stove ans cleanings are easy. If the Spruce, Lacretes, North Country (want to try those) are in he 300 area, then MWP soft it is. I may keep my current stash of Spruce Pointe for next years cold snaps and not even use them this year. Being a basement dweller, I need the extra octane at times. If the stove were upstairs, I would have zero issues....but I enjoy the warm basement too and actually use it, so it is what it is. All said and done, I wish I had gone with a pellet boiler, but that is for another thread.